For those who may think that this was just a popularity contest, let me educate you in the ways of BHS's rigorous selection process:
1. First off, did you know there are over 600 Seniors at BHS? (There were almost 800 when I was there!) Let's assume that half of them are female, leaving us with 300 possible candidates.
2. Each "club" at Brighton nominates a girl. Whitney was nominated by the Men's Association. So she's off to a good start already. (When I was a senior, I was nominated by the Madrigals [the singing club]!) Now the pool is down to about 30 girls.
3. After getting nominated, the candidates must go through an interview with a panel of three adults not affiliated with BHS. (This was terrifying to me at age 17, and I totally choked.) Whitney did not choke. She prepared her answers, wore an incredible outfit, and won the judges over. 8 Candidates left.
4. Did you think the hard part was over? HA! (There's a slight chance I might have actually "thrown" the interview so I didn't have to do the next step...) The final 8 contestants must create a skit performed by them and them ALONE to be performed for the entire school. The rules this year: A-wear Brighton colors (Orange and Blue - hello!), B-incorporate a Brighton "Cheer" into your skit. This is where the Palmer Genes came into play. When you don't know what to do, make up a song! Whitney chose well in hiring Matt as her campaign manager, and he helped Whitney turn a football cheer into a clever and memorable song. Whitney played her ukelele (key) and let loose singing about Touchdowns here, there and everywhere.
5. The School Votes.